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County blesses ‘green’ projects

The Covington County Commission agreed Monday to work with Shaw Industries and Allied Waste in hopes that Shaw can recycle plastic bottles for use in its products.

Commissioner Bragg Carter said he thought it was a great idea since it would not only keep the plastics “off the side of the road,” but also allow the local company to utilize local resources in producing its products.

In keeping with the “green” theme, commissioners joined the Covington County Chapter of People Against a Littered State (PALS) and the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce’s environmental committee, in designating March 21-28 “Spring Clean Up” week.

Complimentary trash bags are available at the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, commissioners agreed to allow the city of Andalusia to apply for up to $5.6 million in stimulus monies to construct new facility for SaeHaeSung.

Assistant County Administrator Pam Steele said the monies are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and were made available to all counties for the purpose of economic development and creating jobs. Commissioners said the county did not have a qualifying project; however, Andalusia did in its need to construct a new expanded facility for the Hyundai supplier.

Repayment of the bonds is the responsibility of the benefiting company, Steele said.